Twitter Announces Plan to Hire More Women


Social media giant Twitter announced a plan last week to hire more women and people of color. Overall, the company’s current employee roster includes 66 percent men and 34 percent women. It hopes to raise that to 35 percent women by 2016. Twitter’s workforce is 59 percent white overall, with another 31 percent of its staff of Asian descent. […]

What Makes Olivia Benson “America’s Favorite Female Character”


Television shows that feature empowered, multi-dimensional women and girl characters seem to be having a moment. One doesn’t have to channel surf for long during a typical weekday night before coming across the face of Olivia Benson, Cookie Lyon or whatever character Jessica Lange happens to be playing on American Horror Story. Entertainment and content marking […]

Who’s Behind Your Favorite TV Shows? Certainly Not Women


The Directors Guild of America (DGA) this week released its annual report on the gender and ethnicity of TV directors, and the results are less than promising for women and people of color: When it comes to directing TV, white men still vastly outnumber every other group of people. The “DGA TV Diversity Report” breaks down […]

Not Your Mother’s Wonder Woman: Feminist Comics Out Now


In the past few years, young women have emerged as the fastest-growing demographic in the Western Comics scene, and the the industry has made moves to reflect the changing audience. For instance, this summer, Marvel, one of the “big two” comics publishers—along with DC Comics—released a new series called A-Force featuring all of Marvel’s mightiest women […]

Pretty Little Liars’ Transphobic Secret


Last week, makers of the teen drama/thriller/mystery series Pretty Little Liars revealed the identity of the show’s vicious villain, “A.” “He, she, it, bitch,” as one of the liars so problematically foreshadowed, is ring-leader Alison’s long-lost brother, Charles, who transitioned to a woman, Charlotte, while living in a psychiatric ward and now goes by the […]

The Worst Things Donald Trump Has Said About Women


In one of the best, sassiest ways possible, supermodel Heidi Klum has “trumped” Donald Trump. Just a few days ago, Trump felt it was prudent to give The New York Times his opinion on Klum’s looks: “Sadly, she’s no longer a 10.” While the internet seethed at yet another example of Trump’s overt sexism, Klum fired […]

Why Aren’t There More Women in Tech?


Reprinted with permission from NextGeneration. Women are underrepresented in the tech sector. Not only that, but they’re underpaid, often passed over for promotions and faced with everyday sexism. It’s no wonder women are more likely to leave the industry within a year compared to their male counterparts. So what’s going on? To dissect the problem, […]

5 Reasons We Love Amy Schumer’s Feminism

Amy Schumer

It’s no secret that Amy Schumer is a feminist. The award-winning comedian is not shy about proclaiming her feminist predilections or calling out the patriarchy. She doesn’t censor herself for fear of being “un-ladylike” and she doesn’t allow the media to define her beauty. She speaks her mind and works tirelessly to debunk sexist stereotypes. And this month, you […]

Tech Companies Take Big Leaps On Family Leave


Less than a week after Netflix announced that it would being offering corporate employees up to a year off to care for new babies, both Microsoft and Adobe Systems Inc. have joined the rising tide of tech companies with progressive parental leave policies. Last Wednesday, Microsoft announced that all new parents will receive 12 weeks […]

Take a Class in Advanced TV Herstory


Only about 40 percent of all speaking characters on TV are women—but Cynthia Bemis Abrams is here to celebrate those who do. Her new podcast, Advanced TV Herstory, traces the lineage of women in TV, onscreen and off, from All in the Family’s Maude Findlay (whose handling of social issues such as menopause “was necessary to propel the conversation in the […]